We all want our home to reflect our personality, interests, and taste in the most stylish way possible. Those of us invested in creating a distinctive and characterful living space need to keep our finger on the pulse of current trends so that our décor is up-to-date, dynamic, and vital. Here are our top tips for breathing new life into your interior design this year.
Re-evaluate your space
Whether you have a studio flat or a six-bedroom house, it’s how you use that space that matters. Look at your home with a ‘different eye.’ Carefully placed light sources and mirrors can really ‘open up’ a small room by giving the illusion of space. The Huffington Post suggests some space-saving tricks for those of you in tighter quarters.
Clearing away unnecessary clutter can also help you see things with a fresh perspective. If you feel your soft furnishings or home accessories have lost their charm, why not hold a car boot sale and start anew?
Wherever you go, and whatever you do, gather ideas. Holidays abroad can be goldmines of inspiration, and flicking through photographs from a recent getaway can provide you with colour schemes and ideas for your design ethos.
A great way to collate your ideas is to cut and paste into a scrapbook. And scrapbooking nowadays needn’t just be on paper. If you have a laptop, tablet or smartphone, it’s a piece of cake to collect pictures and ideas. Use your smartphone to snap photos of unusual objects, colours or patterns that catch your eye as you go about your day. Pin your favourite images on Pinterest or, as Buzzfeed points out, a bullet journal is another handy and currently trendy way to gather creative tit-bits.
Contemplate the colour wheel
If you’ve lived with the same colour scheme for a long time, it’s amazing what a fresh lick of paint can do. There’s a rainbow out there to choose from, though as a basic guide, colours opposite each other on the colour wheel tend to be complementary (go together well and make each other stand out). Consider using a colour from one side of the wheel for your walls, and another for ornaments or smaller soft furnishings such as cushions.
Get top-notch professional advice
Whether you’re a dab-hand at interior design or flexing your design muscles for the first time, we can all benefit from structured, professional advice. It keeps us on track with our design and decorating plans amidst the stresses of everyday life, and takes a lot of the weight of the hard work off our shoulders, leaving us to enjoy the benefits. We’re impressed by the services of Kia interior design company in London.
Kia Designs works with you to create an interior look and feel that’s truly yours, but with the balance, style and coordination that speaks of a professional effort. They offer elevations and sketches and mood boards, as well as online project management tools that keep you dynamically involved every step of the way in realising your design dreams.
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